Why Norfolk is the perfect place to say ‘I do’
27 Jul 2020
Whether you are dreaming of a traditional manor house, a boutique hotel, a rustic countryside setting or even a coastal ceremony, Norfolk can make any celebration possible
With its rolling countryside, coastal scenes, diverse venues and fantastic regional food and drink, Norfolk is the perfect place to host your wedding.
With 18% of marriages in the East of England taking place in Norfolk, the county is the third most popular region to wed in the East; with Essex (31.5%) and Hertfordshire (22%) claiming the top spots, and fewer couples marrying in Suffolk (15.5%) and Cambridgeshire (13%)*.
Norfolk is the proud home of award-winning food and drink businesses, with some of the best local produce in the UK including Cromer crabs, Brancaster Harbour oysters, the Redwell brewery, the Bircham Windmill bakery and St Georges Distillery, home of The English Whisky Company. There’s something for everyone to who wants to add a little taste of Norfolk to their wedding catering.
With some of the most wonderful natural beauty and picturesque rural landscapes, from fields of vibrant yellow rapeseed in the summer, to rich amber leaves in the autumn, it provides a beautiful setting for weddings at any time of the year.
Norfolk’s proximity to London also allows couples from out of the area to come here to marry at a countryside or coastal venue within three hours of the capital.
Situated along the North Norfolk coast and standing 151metres long, the Grade II listed Cromer Pier is one of only five UK seaside piers with a full working theatre and home to the only end of pier show of its kind in the world. Why not take a trip down to the pier after your ceremony for your guests to enjoy delicious refreshments and capture breathtaking sunset photographs of you on your big day.
If you are searching for the picture perfect beach backdrop for memorable wedding photographs then look no further than the golden sands of Well-next-the-sea. Part of the Holkham Estate, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is surrounded by shady pinewoods and home to the iconic colourful standing beach huts.
Getty Image: Cromer Pier
For a traditional venue with plenty of picturesque countryside, from the unspoilt landscape of Wellington Wood to the grade II listed Elizabethan country house Hautbois Hall, the traditional Norfolk grazing meadows leading down to the River Bure is the perfect countryside view for your Norfolk wedding.
Photo: Vicky Plum Photography
Norwich is a medieval city home to Norwich Castle with a rich cultural history, which remains present in its varied buildings and architecture. From the cobblestoned roads of the Cathedral Quarter to the colourful covered marketplace, it’s a charming destination with no end of beautiful backdrops for your big day – which will also make for one-of-a-kind wedding photographs.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere special to celebrate your wedding. Whether you have your heart set on a converted church like The Flint Room or a classic Georgian building like The Assembly House, there’s a great selection of distinctive, centrally-located venues for all budgets and party sizes.
Getty Image: Inside Norwich Cathedral
With picturesque thatched cottages, historic windmills and waterways, the Norfolk Broads national park attracts around eight million visitors each year due to its stunning natural landscape and rich cultural heritage, making it a top destination to wed.
When it comes to venues, the Waterside at Rollesby can accommodate 75 guests – for larger celebrations The Boathouse at Ormesby has space for up to 250. Try the Dairy Barns for an intimate, rustic setting between the sea and the broads. Or for a reception with the wow-factor, charter a double-decker passenger boat from Broads Tours and cruise the waterways while you celebrate.
Getty Image: Windmill on the Broads
*Figures taken from the Office of National Statistics, 2011.